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More Pain for the World Economy

The economic crisis of 2008 may have surprised some politicians and Wall Street bankers but not astrologers. Astrologer had expected something big to break during this period because of the unique arrangement of Uranus, Saturn and Pluto in the sky at that time. The planets formed what is called a T-square, with Saturn and Uranus moving back and forth on opposite sides of the ecliptic (a 180 degree aspect or opposition) and Pluto in the middle at a 90 degree angle (or square aspect) to both.

money low resIn planetary arrangements such as this all the aspects are not exact at the same time. The first exact (to the degree and minute of the arc) opposition between Saturn and Uranus, for example, came on Election Day of 2008. Retrograde motion (the apparent reverse movement of these planets relative to the Earth) caused the aspect between Saturn and Uranus to come exact three more times in 2009 and 2010. The 90 degree aspect between Saturn and Pluto was also exact three times during those years.


The events that coincided with this remarkable arrangement of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are well known. The explosion of the real estate bubble led to the collapse of several large U.S. banks and one huge U. S. insurance company. As the economic disaster spread to other countries, governments around the world were forced to take drastic steps. In the United States enormous amounts of money was pumped into the economy to “bailout” corporations deemed “to big to fail.” This led to a hike in the national debt which in turn led to a cry to cut government spending. As this is being written Congress and the President are still wrangling over how deep these cuts should be.

Meanwhile, Saturn has moved out of the T-square arrangement that started all this trouble but Uranus and Pluto remain locked in a 90 degree dance that will continue through 2014.  This aspect will be exact in for the first time in June of 2012 and again in Sept 2012, right in the middle of the presidential election campaign. Uranus and Pluto are both planets of extreme measures and we can expect passions to run high during this period both in the United States and around the world.  Compromise and rational discussions will be even more scarce than they are now and frustrated people will feel that extraordinary, even violent means are justified.

This aspect of Uranus and Pluto will be exact again in May and Oct. 2013 and in May and Dec. 2014 so whatever happens during the election of 2012 will likely on be the beginning of a new set of problems. In the end, however, it will be the economic debacle of 2008 that will be seen as the root of all these evils. Let’s hope that this realization, hard won as it will be, is put to good use.

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